Finn went outside to hunt for natural resources he could use to create patterns, he always loves any opportunity to learn outside. We did try to make our patterns in the garden, but the wind was blowing the leaves away.


  • Leaves
  • Pine cones
  • Pebbles
  • Mini log slices
  • Dried flowers


Finn in his happy place, collecting leaves.

These were some of the patterns he came up with.

His first pattern was quite complicated, with three log slices, a sideways leaf, two pebbles then a string of pine cones.

His next was made up of four leaves then a pine cone.

The third pattern was made up of a brown leaf, a green leaf, a log, then a pebble.

For his final pattern, he asked to use some of the flowers he had dried, then alternated them with the sliced logs.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)


ELG 11 – Numbers:

Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

ELG12 – Shape, space and measures:

Children use everyday language to talk about size and position to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.